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told voters in one u.s. state that if you help us win here, we win the whole enchilada. does virginia hold the key to victory for the president or governor romney? an in-depth look at the contest in the old dominion state. that and breaking news as the second hour of "happening now" starts right now. jon: the long-awaited watchdog report on operation and furious hailed on capitol hill as a step in the right direction. welcome the second hour of "happening now" on this thursday, i'm jon scott. i'm i'm and i'm in for jenna lee. the house oversight committee taking testimony from the inspector general for the justice department. chairman darrell issa saying the ig's report confirms what his committee has known or -- for some time, that the justice department let the country down. disregarding public safety. two of those guns found at the scene of a shootout that killed u.s. border patrol agent brian terry. chief washington correspondent james rosen joins us live on capitol hill with more. james? >> reporter: iew ma, good afternoon. republican lawmakers have been using the hearing princip
here, this debt issue will come up and a last other things will, as well. outside the virginia delegation right now, a state that is very much in play, but, little more than a few weeks ago it wasn't. back then the president had, i would not say a comfortable lead but a nice lead of four points and then the vice president's famous remarks, the shackle and change remarks, they caused a problem in virginia. the former governor, governor wilder, on why he is not at all surprised over the change in the polls. you have the right to live free from the fear of identity theft. our pledge to you? as long as there are identity thieves, we'll be there. we're lifelock. and we offer the most comprehensive identity theft protection ever created. lifelock: relentlessly protecting your identity. call 1-800-lifelock or go to lifelock.com today. >>neil: coming to you from charlotte, north carolina where democrats are ready to respond to republicans in tampa, on a dismal day of news performing a back drop to all of this, a red backdrop of red ink. we will explore this on fox business network at 8
. digging deeper into the battleground states. when virginia delegates cast their ballots at the convention, the vote will be unanimous. the state has voted republican seven times in the last eight elections, except 2008. will president obama take it again or will voters return to the gop? also, a raging wildfire in the hills above los angeles. a live update on what's happening there jon: your election headquarters. taking a look at the key battleground states that could make or break this white house race this time around. today we are looking at virginia. folks in virginia have been reliably republican for a long, long time, except last time around when they voted for president obama in 2008. if you take a look at the stats, virginia, a key prize this time around. oh electoral votes of 13 of them in virginia. the economy looking pretty good right now. that is part of the reason that both campaigns want to claim the state. 5.9% unemployment in virginia. much better than the national average. in terms of the history, president obama has been there seven times. this campaign season, mitt rom
states. dueling campaign events in the same political battleground of virginia. governor romney and president obama both expected to speak there shortly. plus the obama administration insists sanctions are working to keep iran's nuclear ambitions in check. others have serious doubts. what happens if the doubters are right? in the race for the white house do the polls paint a fair picture? is there media bias? our "news watch" panel weighs in. all new, all live is "happening now." jon: welcoming jenna lee back from italy. i have hope you had a good --. jenna: our friends maya and pat had an amazing wedding. congratulations to them. back to work today. jon: big day on the campaign trail for the candidates today. we have every angle covered. touchdown tore football fans. i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm jenna lee. first the headline today is that the strike is over. the nfl and the referees union reaching what some are describing as a tentative labor agreement. we'll see if it sticks. this after one of the most tumultuous starts to any starting professional sports season we've seen in rec
and north parts of virginia with without power. widespread power out annuals possible. we have more severe weather possible stretching from parts of new england all the way down into the carolinas. we have a number of severe weather watches and also tornado watches. aside from tornadoes, large hail, damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 miles an hour is possible, dangerous lightning and flash flooding and the culprit for all this is a large and strong cold front that's continuing to push eastward. bringing in a lot of heavy rain across parts of upstate new york, into parts of maryland and virginia, and you can see how far south some of those thunderstorms stretch into parts of the florida panhandle. otherwise here is a look how many severe weather watches we have in effect. most of them stretching into parts of later tonight, 11:00 p.m. is the latest one. severe thunderstorm watch. now one in particular does include southern parts of the state of maine. otherwise you can see currently actually no tornado warning. that earlier tornado warning for berkshire county has been allowed to expire. b
, the state is virginia. it is the third time this week they have held two rallies in the same state. yesterday it was in ohio. today they jumped in areas their parties lost in 2008. the president was in virginia beach which senator john mccain won by 1,000 votes. governor mitt romney spoke to veterans in northern virginia where president obama easily beat senator john mccain. the 13 electoral votes virginia used to be a sure thing. that changed four years ago with president obama the first hopeful to win that state in 40 years from the democrats. the latest polls give the president a slight edge. the real clear politics average has him leading governor romney by 4.5 points. most rates show the race in the margin of error. john roberts is live in springfield, virginia. john, governor romney today focused on the military and veterans in that area. >>reporter: he is working hard to put this back into the red column, talking to a group at the men legion post today. he told them about the potential effect of defense cuts in the looming sequestration saying it could result in the loss of
-2-19 strategy. now you can lose a state like virginia, one of the three, indiana, north carolina and virginia that he has to win or we thought he had to win to have a shot. you can lose one of those states, because now so many states are in tossup, nevada, michigan, wisconsin, those three states if you win them you can start to lose some of the 3-2-1 states which is something the obama campaign could not have possibly been thinking about this late in the game. >> bret: karl, as we point out, this is over 30 days. you moved texas in to the dark red, because you just said it is. but georgia is the same way, right? tennessee, kentucky? >> we have 35 electoral college votes called lean romney, georgia, tennessee, kentucky. they are called that because the last poll we have is some time ago. but i personally think those 35 electoral college votes are in romney's column. if you do that, think about that for a minute. solid obama states 14 of them represent 184 electoral college votes. if you add kentucky, tennessee, georgia, to the 1 states that romney has. you add those states with bah and 184 to
the country. in florida, 41% say helped. 39 hurt. ohio, 39% say helped. 36 hurt. virginia, 42% say president obama's economic policies have helped. 37% hurt. amazing to me. joining us now to try to explain it, miss laura ingraham who is in washington. you talk to the folks every day on your radio program. try to put yourself in the shoes of people who are saying, yeah, his economic policies helped the country. where are they coming from? >> let's first deal with the virginia numbers, bill. i think in virginia, especially in northern virginia, which is so critical in this new battle ground state, northern virginia voters have been both directly and indirectly helped by the federal government. directly by just jobs, working in the federal government. they commute over the bridge to dc every day. indirectly because of very large defense contracts and other government contracts that spin off into private industry in the area. so for them, the government presence and the cultivation of it is very important to the economic life blood of the region. people who have jobs in restaurants, hotels, driv
in the same state. today, virginia. we have fox team coverage. chief white house correspondent ed henry on the latest on economic growth. with ebegin with senior national correspondent john roberts and romney campaign in springfield, virginia. good evening, john. >> good evening, to you bret. when it comes to polls most candidates will tell you the only one that matters is taken on election day. if a poll is a snapshot in time, mitt romney has work to do. >> the hill leading to the white house remains high for mitt romney tonight. a new fox news poll showing president obama with a five-point lead nationally. 48-43%. unchanged from earlier in month and within the margin of error but a significant shift from before the convention. >> 136,000 jobs will be lost in virginia. >> if f the candidate is getting anxious, you wouldn't know it. as he hammered president obama as defense cut in looming sequestration of the american legion post. >> it's still a troubled and dangerous world. the idea of cutting our military commitment by a trillion dollars over this decade is unthinkable. and de statin
was essential there in virginia. and said that it was essential to economic recovery in the state of virginia so i think that few would doubt in the state of ohio there is a resurgence in the auto industry that has provided a boost to the state. we can't cut back in areas like worker training and community colleges. >> this president's favoribility are grim. there are better numbers but why do you think they're where they are? >> if you can look at favor yikt ratings person with the high historic high is governor romney n 1980 ronald reagan's favor yigt were above water. president obamas have been above water z governor romney's underwater that is because in states like ohio they're not going vote for someone who is an outsourcer in chief. and. >> this is going to be a fascinating campaign. >> it's official. president obama has just received the democratic party nomination for president. the state of ohio putting the president over the top and president obama will give his speech right here, and president clinton is back and dazzling the crowd getting top billing and here are some of the height
is setting his sights on virginia. we'll have live coverage . edhenry is travel the president and karl cameron covering mitt romney. ed is in seminole, florida. >> great to see you, we are not two months out . final sprint. and we see both of the candidates criss crossing the same battle grounds. mitt romney went to iowa and new hampshire where they are trying to get a post convention bounce. president in st. pete area where mitt romney had his convention. bottom line, florida has a mother load of electoral votes. 29 of them. this is why the president -- >> all we have to offer is the same prescription they had for 30 years. tax cuttings, tax cuts. and got a few regulation and more tax cuts. and tax cuts when times are good and tax cuts when times are bad and tax cut to help you lose extra pound and tax cut to help your love life. >>> and you hear that. they are going after mitt romney on the issue of tax cuts. the president is trying to make the case there is a clear choice in the election on the economy and medicare which is big to senior citizens and he believe in the future . there
burner. >> at the historic restaurantbe in virginia, the upcoming presidential election is the hot topic. undecided voters in battleground state have a variety of issues on their minds. >> i'm still undecided. it's a close race. my biggest concern is social security issues. >> medicare is one. safety of the world is the other, because it's really getting unsafe with all of the things going in, in the eastern world. >> i will decide at the last moment, which way i'll go. i'm not a democrat. i'm not a republican. >> with the recent violence in middle east, voter ins other battleground states such as florida an ohio say they are keenly aware of the national security threats and are factoring them in the voting decisions. in virginia, major concern as well. >> national security right now is important to me. i'm not sure that the current president has a grasp on what he needs to do with the foreign policy. >> it's the economy. it's also the threat of terrorism, globally and here in the united states. the third, i think about my children a lot. what their future is like. >> a small business ow
. >> welcome to maclaine virginia a suburb outside of northern virginia where real estate values maintained their worth through out the recession. that mansion selling for $14.9 million. the washington region posts of having 7 of the top ten wealthyest counties in america. it is usually spun as a feel good story in the washington area. how did this region get so wealthy? it has no natural resources. potomac river is not used for commercial navigation has no commercial factories? what gives? it's the home of the federal government. here is tim carney of the national examiner. >> ross perot used to talk about free trade from mexico and sucking sound going down to mexico. siems i think that dc is the vortex and giant sucking sound of american wealth and jobs coming in here. >> a number of lawyers lobbyists consultants and businesses gravitate to be closer to the government. in recent years hilton, vogues wagon faic all moved corporate headquarters here. here is tim carney one more time. >> why are they doing that businesses are finding out that dc the federal government controls their prosperi
as the president's team. martha: there is early voting happening soon in virginia. we find that to be the center of the political universe for both of these campaigns. both are holding events. governor mitt romney attends a rally in springfield while president obama makes remarks today in virginia beach. 13 electoral votes in virginia up for grabs. president obama took that state, first time in a long time a democrat had done that. republicans trying to win it back on the road to 270. bill: watch virginia. we'll be there in couple weeks. talked about ohio yesterday. in the meantime we're just getting started. small business owners speaking out about their future and their plans. what they are saying what they would and would not do in today's economy and who is to blame for it. that is coming up. martha: serious concerns about possible flawed polling in the race for the white house. the critics argue the polls may be skewed in the president's favor. we'll break this down when we come back. >> look, it was not easy to dig out the numbers. they're not printed in the pages of new york tiles. you ha
wanted you to know a tornado warning is in effect for fairfax county, virginia and severe weather there, it is moving northward through new york. they have cancelled the women's final will of the u.s. open or postponed until it tomorrow night. we'll have a full weather updated very shortly. >> another n other news, governor mitt romney rallying voters in virginia. he just wrapped up a campaign event in the key swing state. in just a few hours from thousand he is set to attend a party at the richmond international raceway. but he is starting his day in boston. that is where carl cameron standing by live with us with more from there. >> romney is a big car guy so take a little nascar this afternoon. earlier today he was out down in virginia beach and fired up and going after democrats for the controversy in many ways overshadowed much of their democratic convention. removal of planks for god that their official party platform. today it was very clear that mitt romney wants to push a values criticism of democrats and the president for what happened at the democratic national convention, no
that is the other day president obama was campaigning down in virginia. he made that very remark. he was saying i know i have supporters out there in the audience but i wanted to talk to some of the folks who are watching on tv who may not be my supporters. mitt romney in some of his campaign remarks have said the same thing. so the mention are sounding a little more independent or centrist than they did in the past. >> gregg: what is curious and this is borne out by some of the polls, roughly 60% of the likely voters think the president's economic policies -- there it is -- have hurt the economy or made no difference at all. in other words, you have to add the bottom 38 plus 21. take a look at the other numbers. when asked if policies need changing, a stunning 73% said yes. how is it that an incumbent leads when voters are demanding change? >> that is the very big question of this election. mitt romney has tried to run as a change agent, but what the obama campaign has done very well is attack him in critical swing states that both candidates wanted to win. he has done a good job of disqualifyin
obama's friend. the virginia governor, i would imagine, quibbles with that. he joins me from the nascar site. what do you may of this? >>guest: well, everyone is happy when the stock market goes up and we will have a great speech by president obama tonight following on a great speech by bill clinton but the economic reality is, gas prices have doubled as the report came out monday. tuesday we hit $16 trillion in deficits, $200,000 plus a family. tomorrow, whatever the job numbers are, more than likely it will be 43 straight months over 8 percent, 23 million people without work. so, great speeches, that does not create good policies or jobs and we still have the bottom line being the record of president obama which is bad on jobs and debt and speeding versus the ideas of mitt romney. that is what the race comes down to. >>neil: the race also will come down to the stock market a little bit. you might as well go with whatever seems to be going your way. look at the s&p now at highest level in four years, the highest legal of my administration and beyond, and i will run with that. so, altho
, 106 electoral votes up for grabs. president obama up three states. florida 49, 44. virginia 50, 43. if that's true, and that holds, then the governor loses, correct? >> you know,. we have got more polls than you can ever imagine. do you know how many national polls and daily tracking polls have been in the last 80 days? 83. if you imagine the national polls how many state polls we have h we have got to be careful about them. first of all be careful about reading too much into the polls. in mid september of 1980, ronald reagan was trailing jimmy carter 44 to 40 despite double digit inflation, double digit unemployment and double digit interest rates. by mid october reagan had dropped 1 point to 39 and carter had risen three points to 47. yet, as we all know it turned out a big blow out. >> bill: let me get this straight. in 1980, in the middle of october, just three weeks before the vote, carter was up 47-39 over reagan? >> right. now, part of this is, yeah, and the gallup. >> bill: that's amazing. >> we forget about it now. i remember at the time people -- i was the director of the
in virginia about -- president was blunt today at campaign event in virginia reassuring the public he is keeping america safe at home and abroad. >> we still face american threats and we have to make sure the military and diplomats are protected. >> pentagon officials claimed marines were in another part of libya protecting the embassy before the benghazi attack and then admitted that was not true. state department officials said there were no libyan security guards inside the perimeter of the u.s. consulate and had to walk that back. >> you hate to think that the president would purposely mislead the american people but it lookin looks like it to . >> administration flatly deny notion they misled the public. they say the only reason the account has changed is new facts have emergeed since it's ongoing investigation. >> bret: ed henry on the north lawn. thank you. now what we know about what really happened in benghazi. chief washington correspondent james rosen looks at how the deadly attack in libya unfolded. warning some of the images may be disturbing. >> in many fateful battles t
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iowa. joe biden heads to the same state today. paul ryan will head to new hampshire and virginia later. iowa has six electoral votes and they're getting all kinds of attention and lets you know how every single vote counts in the election. martha: crowd in iowa. many states will enjoy that kind of attention as we go through the process. bombshell senate report highlighting serious abuses we want to tell you. errors in how the social security administration doles out disability benefits that report, found more than a quarter of those benefits should never have been awarded. according to one estimate the average lifetime disability award gets sent out, $300,000. and this is why this report matters. last year some 10.6 million people received more than $128 billion in disability insurance payments. everybody wants them to go to the right people. the problem it looks like a quarter of them are going to people who don't deserve them or do not need them. stuart varney joins me right now, anchor of "varney & company" on the fox business network. this is a tom coburn-led report. he has always
romney is headed to virginia. attending at the aviation museum in virginia beach. we'll hear from campaign carl cameron on the trail during america's news headquarters. i'm jamie colby, now, back to bulls be and bears, on the fox news channel. keep it here. >> brenda: unions beginning a big in their battle making collective bargaining a constitutional right in michigan. the state supreme court ordering that referendum to be put on the ballot this november, but over in wisconsin, they're starting to see the badger state's budget improving after governor scott walker rolled back the power. and toby, which state has it right? >> and i'm looking at the numbers here. and my gosh, wisconsin, they're not that far apart. i don't know if you know the geography there. >> thank you, toby. >> and number one, and any way you measure it, unemployment rate, the debt, the way that they-- the taxes have gone up, by dropping rate and they're the quintessential state like the mind warp. and somehow michigan's gone into a time warp and just gb back to the 1960's, we're going to do great here or maybe
news from virginia, former democrat, independent and republican congressman vir jill gewd qualified as a presidential candidate for the constitution party, which some worry could take votes from romney. the virginia gop is mounting a legal challenge to have him removed from the ballot. >> romney has hunkered down for rehearsals. rob portman of ohio is the governor's sparring partner playing the role of barack obama. the same service he provided in john mccain in the 2008 debate. bret? >> bret: carl, thank you. national debt hits $16 trillion. what that means to you and your family, as a video starts from the dnc. charles krauthammer on what we can expect this week in charlotte. that i could smoke for the first week... i'm like...yeah, ok... little did i know that one week later i wasn't smoking. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you noti
the stage here in the first of two scheduled rallies, in the battle ground state of virginia. and chief congressional correspondent, carl cameron is streaming live from boston for us, keeping an eye on everything. carl? >> reporter: (inaudible) >> we will get carl established and check right bab with him. >> reporter: hi there, jamie. >> jamie: good. >> reporter: mr. romney has two events in virginia, he left the event in virginia beach. it's an important battle ground state. in recent weeks-- (inaudibl (inaudible). (inaudible). >> . >> jamie: all right. carl has a great report and we're going to get to him in a couple of minutes. a little bit of satellite issues, you can hear the wind as well. anyway shall as carl mentioned, governor romney is expected to address the military aviation museum in virginia beach and we'll bring you that as it gets underway and the highlights of the campaign trail. >> kelly: the debates are just five weeks away and the g.o.p. nominee paul ryan, well, he's getting in the first full day of prep work this weekend. ryan will convene with aides tomorrow in o
to see you. >> it is president obama's turn now. iowa, colorado ohio and virginia all before he get to carolina. he will go to the gulf and tour the damage from hurricane isaac . ed henry is traveling with the president and joins us live from urbanville, iowa. ed? >> interesting to see and be with president obama only six electoral votes that is a huge investment of presidential time shows they are going to be fighting for every electoral vote. you heard steve brown talking about the republican ticket. both sides realize it is a 50-50 race . they have to fight for the small battle ground and can't take them for granted. economy and jobs issue at the of the campaign and domestic. and foreign policy and national security important as well. and let's start with governor romney. his acceptance speech on thursday night lit into the president. take a listen. >> i will begin my presidency with a job's tour. president obama began his with an apology tour. america, he said had dictated to other nations . no mr. president, america has freed nations from dictators. >> you hear anyone who said
specific about that? >>carl: romney's travel schedule, he has been going to rural ohio, iowa, virginia, and florida, dealing with the folks who are not necessarily income taxpayers. of the 47 percent, and some studies say it is up to 51 percent who do not pay income tax, 50 percent pay payroll taxes so they have withholding from their paychecks for medicare and social security and he do have jobs. one in five of the 47 percent who do not pay income taxes are seniors whose entitlement programs, mitt romney has decided to protect. he has to be careful to not offend republicans fall nothing that category. they are aware of that. in the original remarks, the romney campaign last night reiterated he was not worried about the already decided partisans but the moderate swing voters in the middle. there is concern that the last and his choice of words were inelegant. democrats say they were shocking. there are republicans who called them stupid. they recognize the rhetoric was not the best. he acknowledged that. the objective is to make 9 point that the obama agenda breeds dependency and entit
script and says something unexpect and that happened in the virginia senate race. mike emanuel was there. >> reporter: at the first of three debates this the final week of the virginia senate race, former governor kaine was asked about romney's comment about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. >> i would be open to proposal that had a minimum tax for everyone but i insist many of the 47% that governor romney is going after pay a higher percentage in their taxes than he does. >> after the debate, his opponent pounced on the minimum tax level comment. >> it's typical of tim kaine. his record is one looking to raise taxes. >> after that, i asked kaine to clarify the state fire department the debate. >> mighde -- statement from the debate. >> i don't believe you start with a pledge to allegiance no tax ever. he wants to keep the tax cut for those earning $250,000 a year. republicans favor extent the cut. this is allen's response to kaine's plan. >> i guess you didn't do analysis on the so-called plan would do to jobs. before you from pose anything you should take in acco
office. nonetheless, the president is out on the trail to gain the battleground of virginia, basically trying to say, look, this is going to take more time. take a listen. >> during campaign season you hear a lot about patriotism. you know what? it's time for a new economic patriotism. an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle-class. i won't pretend that getting there is easy. the truth is it's going to take a few more years to solve challenges that have built up over decades. >> in addition to the bad news, some of those bad numbers, there are numbers on housing prices, they are up this week. also, kon consumer confidence, it had dropped in august. this fits in the white house narrative they believe that it's turning the corner slowly. >> shep: if our polls mean anything, the white house may have a pointed there because it appears from the polls at least that his narrative is breaking through and he is not getting blame here. >> no doubt. when you look at the latest poll on the question who do you trust more on the ec
and gave up looking for work . governor romney campaigning in the swing state of virginia saying that's not what hard-working americans deserve. he placed the blame on president obama for lack of leadership. >> this president has not fulfilled his promises and went to the democratic convention and had a lot of wonderful things to say but he didn't say what he would do to help people out of unemployment or poor back to the middle class. he doesn't have a plan or any idea and we have to make sure he doesn't have any more day white house ever january. -- after january. >> president obama in florida making a stop in tampa and orlando and president firing back at republican criticism that america has fallen into deline and accusing governor mitt romney of same talking pointos jobs. >> ed henry is traveling with the president in florida and we'll go to carl cameron where mr. obama-- is located. >> what he is doing. he is taking the pledge of allegiance and find ways in which to criticize president obama and that is a reference with the removal of god and restoration of it after controversy
. >> and moving from one battle ground state to the next. both president obama and mitt romney will be in virginia. the president will speak to a crowd in virginia beach and mitt romney will attend a rally in fairfax county. it shows president obama ahead by 7 percent of error three percent. >> iran's president said our country is in cahoots with the difficult and his view of the world does not include our country or israel. >> major defense contractor slashing jobs. they blamed financial hard ship. the pentagon plans to slash 500 billion from the budget unless congress steps n. president regan once called him a national treasure. moon river singer andy williams has died after a year long battle with cancer. ♪ moon river. [applause] ♪ ♪ i'm crossing you in style some day. >> such a beautiful voice. williams voice spanned decades . he hosted a andy williams show and spun off to his famous christmas specials. he was friends with elvis and bobby kennedy. bobby kennedy once asked him to be a delegate. >> i can't do this for you. because i was a republican. he never knew i was a republican. >>
in the south. and they won virginia last time and won north carolina. and, florida. obviously, those three states are critical to the -- any victory, either side. and we think we can win all three of those and win those three states plus ohio and, wisconsin and, missouri, which we won last time and we have over 270 electoral votes and they've got to basically take something out of the mix and take north carolina, florida, ohio, out of the mix and it is hard to get to 270 but i think, we are well positioned at this point. >> bill: this is a battle ground state and a lot of folks before 2008 would not consider it that way. look at the other battleground states now and look how close the polling numbers are. this is iowa, obama, 45, romney, 44.8. colorado, obama, 47.6, romney, 46. ohio, obama, 46.6, romney, 45.2. virginia, obama, 47.3, romney, 46.7. they are all within the margin of error, ed? >> every, single one of these states is competitive and every, single one of those states are winnable for romney. he has to win them all, obviously, but, at the end of the day, what traditionally happe
to certainly a few states. virginia is very important. iowa where president obama was today is going to be significant. these states are going to see the candidates go to these states sometimes on the same day they will be the same state. it will be very close down the stretch. it depends on who runs the better campaign and who makes the fewer gaffes and, of course, the debates. >> heather: you talked about the addition to paul ryan. what role will he play. he is headed back to north carolina but in a different area of the state. we found that out today. first generation xer to be on the ticketed? >> i think he is fresh base. he is likable. now it's two versus two, remember romney was all by himself, being attacked by president obama and vice president joe biden. one thing to remember, romney has a lot of money he couldn't access before he was the nominee. i think romney is going to win the air war, the advertisement war. president obama has the clear edge on the ground. so that is one to watch, whether romney can get out the vote. ground operations and set up a lot more offices with
two stops today and then to virginia, where he'll be campaigning tuesday. are you beginning to see a pattern here? they're all tossup states and along with wisconsin and michigan, represent opportunities for both tickets to score potentially big wins. but, if republicans win in the last two, in wisconsin and michigan, whoa, katie bar the electoral vote door. and here is our fox news who would have thunk alert. that's a little too dramatic. you get the idea. these are democrat state bastions not gone red since ronnie reagan, that's a stunning in measured-- michigan, and don't hold it against them. and it's too crucial to ignore. states they all won easily four years ago, and kind of a jump ball today. and you wonder why so many democrats are worried and some folks in charge of raising money for them are worried, one of the president's top fundraisers on the phone, don, the math still looks good for you guys, but it's problematic, lectorly, what do you think the way things are looking now? >> well, i think, it's interesting that so many battle ground states are more competitive than
in all of them. florida, virginia, ohio. he has a tough road to get to the white house. you want to say something about the twick states? >> eric: i was going last but president obama has the same issue. >> bob: not at all. he has to carry six swing states and pick um ohio or florida. >> bob: he can't lose both. >> eric: right. what is the big deal? obama has to sweep two of the three. >> bob: i am conceding north carolina and indiana. >> greg: i coin a phrase, the curtain variable. you risk being called a racist, in public if you say you won't vote for president obama. so you don't know what a lot of people will do behind the curtain. >> bob: i didn't know that. >> andrea: can we bring the map up again and look at the states here? you mention probably won't win virginia. now he won virginia in 2008. but he -- >> bob: no, i said north carolina -- >> andrea: ohio and florida. it should point out that the fact that wisconsin and iowa and i believe it's michigan are yellow, meaning the toss sup not a good sign for the president. they should be squarely in his camp. and another things he ha
of virginia about 8% of the voters are hispanic. there is significant can't block of voter autos even here in north carolina. you're right. i wonder, too. he was so blatant with both parties trying to appeal to latino votes and there is to say well you're going put a base base out there. >> whether it's going to hit the street now between now and november. >> right. >> stick around. another break. we're going to check back in a few minutes. up next president obama makes remarks about the you didn't build that controversy. what he said, and also from tampa to charlotte which party was more successful some and how do you define success? coming up. >> for me this is a season of hope. hope for a justice and fair prosperity for the many and not just for the few. new hope and this is the cause of my life. new hope. that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every american north, south, east, west, young, old, has health care as a fundamental right, not a privilege. ♪ >>> republicans base their entire convention around one line in a speech you gave when you said if you have a busine
? what advice would you give governor romney. i'm worried about virginia because they have a constitutional candidate running in that state. that may grab some of your libertarian supporters? >> if i were romney put the image of booing good, images are worth a thousand words. people remember dukakis looking silly in that tank. what governor romney in virginia who might voted for the constitutional party he will be resolute on balancing the budget not in 20 years, not in 30 years but in a shorter period of time. he will be fully behind a balanced budget amendment. he will help people like me that want to introduce it like mike lee and jim demint, if he comes out and says he will do those things he this will be persuade today vote for them. >> sean: and you campaign in virginia for romney? >> we have offered to campaign for them. >> sean: government bullies, great book. time to check in with greta van susteren for coming up. >> greta: congressman d i.c.e. is here. -- darrell issa is here and lindsay graham is here furious at the president and we have our legal panel and much
, three in a row in october. he was campaigning yesterday, though, we have pictures of him in virginia beach, virginia. you know, romney has said he would work to repeal obamacare if elected president. well, now we are learning that there are parts of obamacare maybe he wouldn't take to the chopping block and he apear -- appeared in a pre-taped interview on nbc and explained what he would keepful here he is. >> i am not getting rid of all of health care reform, of course. there are a number of things that i like that i am going to put in place. one is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage and to make sure that the marketplace has policies that allow the family up to whatever age they might like. >> reporter: paul ryan, the runningmate was campaigning in spartan, nevada ofriday, where he appeared in a truck plant. he appeared in a pre-taped interview this morning and he was hit with the charm that the romney/rye apticket doesn't have very much foreign policy experience, especially in afghanistan, which was not mentioned in romney's acceptance said when yo
the democratic nomination. speaking in the battleground state of virginia, the president offered a bit of preview of the prime time speech this thursday night. >> on thursday night i will offer what i believe is a better path forward. a path that will create good jobs and strengthen our middle class and grow our economy. >>shepard: the president has blamed the predecessor for getting the economy in the mess that it is and when a school come reporter asked him to grade the performance he gave himself an incomplete. >> what grade to you give yourself? i would say "incomplete." historically after the big financial crises where a lot of people are dealing with debt or a collapse of the housing market, that creates bigger challenges and we are seeing this not just in the united states but around the world. >>shepard: this is not the first time the president is giving himself an incomplete on the economy but with 60 days until the election the republican rivals are pouncing. a fox poll found that 54 percent of voters disapprove of the handling of the economy, and when asked which candidate they trust t
no problem talking about god faith or confirming jerusalem as israel's capital. virginia's attorney general spoke to the crowd. ken cuccinelli is joining us live from the summit now. >> good afternoon. >> uma: the economy is still dominant and do you think that mitt romney is doing enough to connect with voters who are having a very tough time in this tough economy? >> he had to get through a long, tough primary and he's got some catch-up to do that will take him all the way to election day. in virginia, we're seeing him or paul ryan on a nearly weekly basis. paul ryan was there yesterday, i believe mitt romney was there wednesday. and he's talking to people one on one and introducing himself in person, in virginia for sure and i know he's doing that around the country as well. so he's undertaking that task while talking to people about the economy, the continuing bad job numbers which actually mask how bad it is. it's interesting that over 8% unemployment, that's a benchmark the president set years ago when he proposed his massive stimulus package. and he has failed to meet his own benchma
49-42 in ohio. 50-43 in virginia. 49-44 in florida. among voters who are extremely interested in the election, the race is tighter. obama is up only two points in virginia. florida is tied. romney is up by a point in ohio. the survey was taken as reporting that romney remark at may florida rundraiser emermed with him suggesting that the 47% of americans who do not pay income taxes will never support him because they consider themselves victims. owed support from the government. romney backed away from sentiments while reiterating the charge that the obama policies replace the american dream with culture of government dependency. >> it does not work by a government saying become dependent on government. become dependent on redistribution. that will kill american entrepreneurship that lifted economy over the years. >> romney has been hammered for the remark by a cadre of conservative pundit who long criticize his campaign. republican senator dean heller of nevada and brown of massachusetts say they don't share the view that romney express on the hidden camera video. lindsey grah
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